Metacritic (PS): 74/100
Release: Feb 2015
Reviewed on: PC
(User scores are recalculated daily)
Grow Home is an adventure where you’ll literally have to grow their Star Plant to be able to return home. While there is some platforming involved this short robotic adventure is more about the exploration based journey than the challenge.
Set in a colourful game world players control B.U.D. (Botanical Utility Droid) a robotic life form in charge of growing a plant to oxygenate your home planet. This will take you across an open world with floating islands, strange plants and animals. From finding a hidden cave to climbing up a rockface and then gliding down the the surface every inch of Grow Home is beautifully designed.
Controlling B.U.D. does take some getting used to with a unique control scheme that gives you control over each of his hands which is used to grab and push various game world elements. To assist your adventure players will also have the steady voice of M.O.M. who will guide you to objectives and be supportive like any mom should be.
Central to gameplay is the growing of Star Shoots which come out of the Star Plant, a central element of your adventure. These Star Shoots are used to reach out to the various Energy Rocks to boost the Star Plant growth closer to your objective.
A key stepping stone to this objective is collecting the crystals hidden around the game world which at certain levels will boost your power with things like more camera control and a jet pack to make your exploration easier. These crystals will also make a distinct tone when nearby which helps you track down the ones hidden from plain view. Other game mechanics to assist players include flower parachutes and a waypoint system for teleporting and to serve as a respawn location.
While Grow Home can be short if you don’t plan to be a completionist the game is best enjoyed by taking your time and taking every colourful element.
- Control your little robot named B.U.D.
- Collect the scattered crystals to boost your power and skills.
- Explore a colourful world of sky islands, rivers and caves.
- Build the Star Plant by connecting the Star Shoots to Energy Rocks.
- For Windows and PlayStation 4.